Swimming in a cenote is always a fun idea. Whether you’ll be taking friends from out of town sightseeing soon or if you just feel like enjoying a beautiful spot with family and friends, the cool, crystal-clear waters of cenotes are always an excellent option for getting away from it all, having a good time and communing with nature.

Known for its crystal-clear waters, the Cenote Cristalino is a favorite of local residents and has different areas where you can either go for a dip or just enjoy the surroundings. The best time to go is first thing in the morning, since it often fills up by midday.


At the Cenote Cristalino you can rent snorkeling equipment and sun loungers; diving services are also available, along with a cafeteria that sells snacks.

You can bring your own food and drinks, but alcoholic beverages are not allowed. You’re also welcome to bring your own snorkeling gear. Suntan lotions are forbidden as they are highly detrimental to the environment.

The entry fee includes parking, and the use of a lifesaver (optional), showers and restrooms.

The Cenote Cristalino features a 6-meter jumping platform, so go for it if you’re feeling adventurous!

Entrance is 200 pesos per person, but local residents only pay 150 pesos if they show an official Quintana Roo ID.

The Cenote is open from 8:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day.

* Please ask the Cenote Cristalino management directly. 


The Cenote Cristalino is located at Km 269.5 on the Cancún-Tulum highway (opposite the Barceló Hotel). There are also other cenotes in the area, such as the Jardín del Edén and the Cenote Azul, to which we’ll be devoting a future blog.

The Riviera Maya cenotes are a unique phenomenon the world over, due to the geographical characteristics of the Yucatán peninsula. The Cenote Cristalino features different kinds of cenotes in the same place: one is a cave, another is semi-open, a third is completely open to the sky. So pick your favorite, take lots of photos, and above all enjoy yourself, which is what it’s all about.